James M. Matarazzo was interviewed by Anna Faherty, with assistance from Janet Ceja on November 1st, 2016 at Simmons College in Boston, MA for the Eastorias project. Mr. Matarazzo was born in Stoneham, MA and grew up in the neighborhood of East Boston from the time of his birth until he was 8 years old, when his family moved to the neighboring town of
Winthrop, MA. After moving away, he continued to have a connection to the neighborhood through his regular visits with his extended family, who continued to live there for a number of years later. During the interview, he describes in detail what East Boston was like when he was
growing up there as a child in the 1940s-1950s. His reflections focus on the Italian community that lived in the neighborhood at the time, which his family was deeply integrated into. He talks about the immigration of his grandparents from Italy to East Boston. He discusses the reasons why his family and many others began to move away from the neighborhood in the latter half of the 20th century. Towards the end of the interview, he discusses the differences between living in Winthrop and living in East Boston.
Narrator: James Matarazzo
Interviewer: Anna Faherty
Videographer: Desiree Alaniz
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